Danny Mills claims that Leeds United striker Eddie Nketiah is living up to expectation after arriving at Elland Road with a “point to prove”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England full-back says that the 20-year-old will have been under scrutiny from day one after his loan move from Premier League heavyweights Arsenal, both internally and from those outside the club.
Nketiah has been forced to bide his time under manager Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine keeping him in reserve on the substitutes’ bench for the club’s Championship matches.
However, with four appearances under Nketiah’s belt to date, Mills says he is proving his point with his energetic performances, not to mention his goal-scoring ability.
Mills told Football Insider: “Marcelo Bielsa demands that (energy) if you want to play for him, you know how you’re expected to play.
“As a young player on loan, he’s got a point to prove. He will no doubt be on bigger wages than everybody else and I’m sure as he’s got a very good character, people will be looking at him and going: ‘You’ve got to prove it, you can’t be turning up here and thinking you’re better than everybody else.’
“You’ve got to work hard, if not harder, to come good and it certainly looks like he’s putting the right attitude in and he’s going to do that.”
Nketiah’s first goal for the Whites came in their League Cup victory against Salford City, the young hitman making his debut against the Ammies, while his only league goal to date came in a 1-0 win over Brentford.